Camden holds second Citizens’ Assembly on the climate crisis

Last night Camden’s Citizens’ Assembly gathered at Swiss Cottage library for a second time to hear evidence on how to address the climate crisis.

The environmental charity 10:10 explained how collective action offered the fastest and most effective route to change. The engineering firm Buro Happold and energy efficiency Parity Projects spoke about how buildings and people need to adapt to a changing climate. The Assembly also heard University College London’s plans for a zero carbon estate by 2030 – an ambition that speakers from the local campaign group Climate Emergency Camden felt that Camden Council should adopt. The Assembly also heard from local residents who have already made the transition to a low carbon lifestyle.

Throughout the session, Assembly members were supported by Involve (a leading public participation organisation) to interrogate the evidence in more detail. The Assembly members considered how our neighbourhoods could be transformed, with streets closed to through traffic, homes generating renewable energy, and more trees and greenery for people to enjoy.

The final Assembly session is on 20 July and will see the Assembly members consolidate their findings into a set of climate proposals for Camden Council to consider at a full Council meeting in October.

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